I’d like to continue sharing fond memories about my friends, but
that wouldn’t be realistic for these small windows into my life; at least for one video. I used a few succinct sentences to briefly pass through 9 years and only referred to two of my best friends. Y’all would fall asleep if I kept going. Maybe, from time to time, I’ll bring one specific friend to the forefront and give them the spotlight for the week. I’ll just have to find the right songs to inspire each dedication! =) Instead, I want to dedicate this week’s video to the crew at RDA. We shared the daily grind for 9 years. Whenever I think of RDA, I automatically think of U2 and Pearl Jam. I actually called into a local radio station and won a “bootleg disc” from a Pearl Jam concert. I believe that j will remember that! How can we forget? Am I right, j? I hope you still have THAT disc! In spite of that wonderful memory, I chose to cover a huge hit from U2. Hopefully, you guys at RDA will appreciate my cover of “With or Without You”. This one’s for you guys!
"With or Without You" is a song by rock band U2. It’s the third track on their 1987 album, The Joshua Tree, and was released as the album's first single on March 21, 1987. The song was the group's most successful single at the time, becoming their first number-one hit in both the United States and Canada by topping the Billboard Hot 100 for three weeks and the RPM national singles chart for one week.
"With or Without You" features sustained guitar parts played by
guitarist The Edge with a prototype of the Infinite Guitar, along with vocals by lead singer Bono and a bassline by bassist Adam Clayton. The song originated from a demo recorded in late 1985 that the group continued to work on throughout The Joshua Tree sessions. Ostensibly a troubled love song, the track's lyrics were inspired by Bono's conflicting feelings about the lives he led as a musician and domestic man.
Critics praised the song upon its release. It is frequently performed on the band's tours, and it has appeared on a number of their compilation albums and concert films. "With or Without You" is U2's second most frequently covered song. In 2010, Rolling Stone magazine placed the song at number 132 on their list of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time".